Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Marine Accused Of Killing 'American Sniper' | KERA News

Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Marine Accused Of Killing 'American Sniper'

Feb 9, 2015

Jury selection is underway for the trial of the man accused of killing the former Navy SEAL depicted in the movie "American Sniper."

More than a dozen people were dismissed first thing Monday in Stephenville, southwest of Fort Worth, where former Marine Eddie Ray Routh is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 38-year-old Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, 35-year-old Chad Littlefield.

The trial starts amid widespread attention for "American Sniper," the Oscar-nominated film based on Kyle's 2012 memoir about his four tours in Iraq. He left the Navy in 2009.

Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash said it was hard not to know about the movie, but that seeing it wouldn't disqualify a potential juror.

Nash asked potential jurors if they were unable to set aside what they'd already heard about their case. No one among about 130 potential jurors raised their hand.

About 800 jury summonses were sent out. Several hundred people who weren't eliminated due to exemptions or other factors took part in a qualification process last week.